Smiles are always taken for granted…Shield Your Smile!

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World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on 20 March  to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and its significance in safeguarding general health and well-being. This is done in over 140 countries worldwide.

Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Our mouth is a window into the health of our body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems. Whether we are 80 or 8, our oral health is important.

Did you know, across the world, 60-90% of school children have dental cavities, which is scary. Nearly 100% adults have dental cavities and we keep ignoring it until it becomes unbearably painful. Nothing absolutely nothing is more painful than dental pain. But prevention and continuous care is the only solution to avoiding a long term dental problem!

Shield, in Pakistan, on World Oral Health Day launched the #ShieldYourSmileCampaign countrywide to spread awareness about the importance of oral healthcare. Free dental checkups were performed at numerous hospitals and dental clinics across the country, and people were given guidance on how to take better care of their teeth and gums. Not only that, but Shield also attempted a World Record with over 2000 kids on most number of kids brushing together at the same time.

Adding these simple habits in your routine can prevent gum diseases:

1. Brush your teeth. Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there.

2. Floss. Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.

3. Swish with mouthwash. Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.

4. Know your risk. Age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with your dental professional.

5. See a dentist. See a dentist every 6 months to find out the status of your oral hygiene.